Month two of habit tracking and it’s funny to see how I do with different activities. Last month I did amazing with exercising and doing my yoga almost every day. This month I really fell off the wagon with it.
My sweet Zuko
I did much better this month on taking my dog on a walks. We managed almost every day after a weekend away for a wedding. It helps a lot that we have been having some beautiful autumn weather here! Although we did enjoy a few light showers during some of our walks.
Maintaining my social media (Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, character accounts) has gotten easier to do since I use my lunch hour to take care of those things.
I found something on Pinterest that said, “instead of saying you don’t have time, just say ‘it’s not a priority right now’. See how that feels”
That hit me pretty hard because looking at how much time I spend writing, it’s clear I’m not making it a priority. New goals for the month of October will include making writing more of a priority. You have to write if you want to be a writer!
Are you keeping track of any habits? Do you notice a difference from month to month?
I know it’s hard to see, but there is a teeny tiny splinter by my nail. Ouch! I hate when I get splinters in awkward spots like this. They’re hard to pull out, and sometimes it’s hard to even get a needle in at the right angle.
I’ve got many picture only pins on my life hack board. One of them was a “how-to” on splinter removal. Thankfully, we don’t get a lot of splinters in this house, so I haven’t had the opportunity to try this one. This particular one claims that if you make a paste of baking soda and water:
This can also be used as a poor man’s toothpaste, just FYI. For splinter removal however, you smear a little on the splinter and cover with a bandaid for 20-30 minutes:
Yes, I borrowed one of Arthur’s super cool Cars band-aids. For some reason I couldn’t find my first aid kit, so I had to raid the medicine cabinet for kids band-aids.
Again, hard to see, but the splinter is gone. I was a little disappointed in this pin because it said the splinter would pop out on its own. It did not. It did however make the splinter come out easier than normal. Very little squeezing and it came right out. Normally splinters in my fingers are a royal pain in the butt to get out.
I’m looking forward to trying this pin on a less awful splinter location, maybe it’ll pop out on its own……
I tried 2 methods of this today, as I had 2 pinned. Both involved vanilla extract and promised to make your home smell like a bakery. I was a little disappointed with both, although it was fun to use my homemade vanilla extract! I have a few jars left over from last Christmas.
The first method requires a coffee cup and vanilla extract. Yes, that’s a happy bunny mug! You place 2 capfuls of vanilla extract in the mug and place in your 300° oven for 1 hour. It wasn’t working very well, so I added more vanilla, still no noticeable smell. I found this trick to try here.
Second method involves a small pan of water, vanilla extract and cinnamon. You simmer them together and the smell is supposed to spread throughout the house. The kitchen smelled pretty good with this one, but it didn’t really spread. For the life of me, I can’t remember where I found this idea, but if I find the link again, I’ll update the reference.
If you guys have any other tips, please let me know, because for right now, I’m back to my trusty candles. They make the whole house smell good, and all I have to do is light the wick!
Notice how beautiful and wrinkle free my shirt is? I sure as heck didn’t iron it! I hate ironing. Tony, in fact, does the ironing that needs doing, mainly because I refuse.
This morning was a bit busy. Before work, both kids had dentist appointments. Normally, I don’t mind a few wrinkles, as my vest covers them up, but I wasn’t going to wear the vest to the dentist. My shirt was really bad:
Embarrassing much? I knew I couldn’t wear this, and I knew I had a pin about getting wrinkles out fast.
Two ice cubes, the clothing that needs un-wrinkled, and 5-10 minutes in the dryer.
Seriously, that’s it! The original pin says 5 minutes, but the minimum on my dryer is 10, so that’s what I went with. As you can tell from the first picture, it worked like a charm. Even Tony was impressed!
Enjoy your laziness, don’t iron!
You know how when you go grocery shopping and you end up having hundreds of bags at home? Well, I work at Walmart so it’s really bad for me. I’m getting better about taking my reusable bags, but it is nice to have bags on hand for odd reasons. Going to the pool and bringing home a wet suit? Put it in a bag! Kids have an accident and you need to store wet pants? Put it in a bag! Doggy doo pickup? Put it in a bag!
The only problem is, you end up with a bag of bags, tie it off and it gets lost in the bowels of your basement or storeroom. This is the solution to that problem!
This is a way for you to roll up your bags, theoretically place them in a wipes dispenser (the round kind), it’ll dispense one at a time and leave you with another end to pull.
It’s fairly simple to do, it just requires space and patience.
You start by laying the bag flat and soothing it out. Be sure to check for holes now because you don’t want to waste your time rolling up a torn bag.
Next step is to fold the bag in half.
Then you lay your bags out like so. The handles lying over the bag above it.
Before you start rolling your first bag, take the handle and flip it, like so.
Then you just roll them up. Don’t focus so much on tightness. There will be a little air caught in the bags, no matter how careful you are and if you roll too tightly it can burst a bag. Just focus on rolling as evenly as possible.
You have a homemade bag dispensing system, easily portable and easily used. As I didn’t have a round dispenser handy, I just used some hair elastics to hold everything in place. It’s working so far…..
If you want to, check out the original pin here.
I know I had this pinned at one point and now I can’t find it. I hate when that happens! It was a super simple pin that I remembered over vacation.
I started my vacation in NNY (Northern New York for those who don’t know) from Friday – Sunday. Sunday I drove our new / used truck home to catch a flight to NC on Monday.
I went to NC for my baby brother’s promotion, but I still had some down time to hang out with my cousin. He picked up some beer one afternoon and drank one at room temperature. He said something about he wished he had bought the cold ones. My Pinterest minded brain jumped straight to this solution!
All you need is your beer, paper towels and water. Most people can come up with these supplies. You also need room in your freezer!
Easiest way to do this is to wrap a paper towel around your beer, then run some water over it until it’s all wet. Then put it in your freezer for 5 minutes. Et voilà! Ice cold beer.
Big tip though: don’t leave the beer in there too long, it will freeze solid and you will have a long wait for your beer!
Enjoy your drinks!
This was something that, while not particularly blog-worthy, was hilarious when I tried this today. I love those little pins that list a bunch of little life-hacks. Just for the record, this is a term I have never heard before I discovered Pinterest and it’s hilarious reading them.
I have my own way to make other people stop before sneezing, one that works about 90% of the time. When I see someone building up to sneeze, I very loudly and quickly say, “Think of lettuce, leafy green and sometimes red!” It sounds stupid, but I’m telling you, it works! Usually, because it’s said so fast, they stop sneezing and say “What?”
Sadly, this only works on other people, not on myself. The pinner of life hacks says that if you feel a sneeze coming on, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and it will stop the sneeze.
Tried and failed. I looked ridiculous too! I would never tell someone not to try something, but this was a fail from my perspective.
I will however stamd behind lettuce thing. Remember: loud and fast. It confuses people and distracts them from their sneeze!
Original pin and many other life hacks can be found at http://themetapicture.com/amazing-life-hacks/
This one is a little easy peasy, but I didn’t know about this before. Tony didn’t either, which to me, translates to most people don’t know.
I need to start off by bragging, just a bit, that I got a new car today. It was a great deal, which is important because we don’t bring home gobs of money. It doesn’t have a ton of miles on it and it gets good gas mileage. It is a manual, so I had to take a refresher from my honey. Did well enough to drive home from the dealership, so I’ll be taking it to work tomorrow!
It’s an 08 Kia Rio and just as adorable as my Civic! Sadly the Civic is slowly dying so we needed to replace it before it crashed and burned.
The tip for today is the following: How to tell where the gas goes in?
Have you ever looked at your gas gauge and seen that cute little arrow on either side of the gas pump? Life hack! That arrow is telling you what side of the car has the tank opening! I’ve been driving for 10 years and did not know this!
Sadly, not all cars have this, my Civic for instance, but many cars do so this can be handy for rentals or just borrowing your friend’s car.
For this and other great life hacks, check out http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/2012/07/tips-tips-and-more-tips.html?m=1
My babies are my everything. Nevermind the fact that my youngest is 3, they will always be my babies. I would do anything for them, up to, and including murder, but parent’s homework is a killer in itself!
It’s been 3 years since we enrolled Arthur in preschool and I do not remember going through all of this! Since he has started kindergarten, I have probably done over an hour’s worth of forms and applications! Some of them seem very, very similar too, so it all feels a little redundant!
Now we’re going through the enrollment process for Chiara, and I’m losing my mind over this! We’ve got our appointment tomorrow, that meant I had to complete my online registration for her tonight! Argh! Then I’m reading the list of all these documents that I need for this meeting tomorrow.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t keep a copy of my kids’ immunization records at home. Also, Chiara was born in the state of Ohio, and unlike New York, where Arthur was born, you have to pay for the birth certificate. In New York they give you the document for free. Replacements have to be purchased, but the original is free.
So now, while I go to some appointments in the morning, I have to send Tony on a mission to the Department of Health for her birth certificate and, if my appointments run over, to the pediatrician’s office for her immunization records.
Do we ever really understand as children, what our parents do for us? Not the paycheck they bring home, or the dinner they put on the table, but in the amount of time theh invest in us? You spend time with your kids, but you have to put a lot of time into them, even during your ‘me time’ after they’ve gone to bed!
Tell your parents thank you! I’m definitely calling my mom tomorrow! If I have the time between appointments…….
Have you ever pinned something, then gone to do it, only to realize there were no instructions at all, just a picture of the finished product? I’ve done that a few times, but luckily have been able to wing it. This one stumped me though, so I fell back on the ever reliable Wikipedia!
This I really similar to my T-shirt napkin I just posted about, but obviously this isn’t a square napkin, so it took some finagling!
Step one: fold your dollar bill like a pamphlet, as shown in image 1. Step 2: like with the napkin, flip it over and fold the top piece back. Step 3: flip your bill back over and fold your corners in until they touch. It should form your ‘collar’
Here’s where I started altering the Wiki directions a bit. Step 4: go to the bottom of your bill and fold as shown in image 4. Step 5: fold the bottom of your bill up about halfway to your ‘collar’. Step 6: fold up the rest of the way an tuck the end under the ‘collar’.
There you have your t-shirt dollar bill. Maybe get a small box and do up several of these as a gift. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I feel a little lazy just giving someone money. This is a way to dress it up a bit!
For wiki directions visit http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Shirt-out-of-a-One-Dollar-Bill